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Posts for: December, 2013

By Peter Accetta, MD
December 11, 2013
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: skin cancer   wrinkles   melanoma   tanning  

Dangerous Tanning Habits Persist in Young Women

As recently reported by the Skin Cancer Foundation despite the well-established dangers of indoor tanning, young adult women continue to use tanning beds at an alarming rate.  More than 29% of female high school students, and 25% of women between 18 and 34 engaged in tanning at least once.

The bottom line; physical appearance may be more important to some young women than the long-range health effects.  A recent study advises that young adult women be made aware that tanning causes not just skin cancer, but age spots and wrinkles.

The Skin Cancer Foundation also reports that just one indoor tanning session…

●     increases the risk of melanoma by 20%
●     increases the risk of basal cell carcinoma by 29%
●     increases the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 67%

In all more than 170,000 cases of skin cancer are linked to indoor tanning each year.

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By Peter Accetta, MD
December 11, 2013
Category: Publications

Dr. Accetta featured on Academy Website

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has recognized our practice with a feature article on their website.

As you know we use digital photography extensively in our practice to track lesions, biopsy sites and surgeries.  A study I conducted last year showed that 18% of board certified dermatologists do not perform any photography in their offices.

In this article I explain to other dermatologists that digital photography need not be complex and offer them step by step guidance.

Click the link if you’re curious as to how we do it here at Orchard Park Dermatology.

By Emily Gottstein, RPA-C
December 02, 2013
Category: Skin Cancer

Skin cancer affects everyone! Recently, Hugh Jackman revealed that he was treated for skin cancer. He was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma and showed us his post-treatment picture via Instagram! His skin cancer was on his nose. Basal Cell Carinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It often begins as a pearly pink or red bump and is commonly on sun-exposed areas. It often doesn't heal or can bleed and can be prevented by regular use of sunscreen! If you notice anything like this, it should be evaluated by a Dermatologist! Below is a link that you can check out of Hugh Jackman's "selfie."

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